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My Denture Just Broke! Is This a Dental Emergency?

May 10, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 10:39 pm
Patient holding broken dentures

If you’re a denture veteran, you might sometimes forget that they’re prosthetic – until they break. Suddenly it occurs to you that these are hand-crafted and not made of enamel. A broken tooth is certainly cause for concern, but a broken denture? How harmful could that be?

You still use your dentures for eating and talking, so potentially, pretty harmful. Keep reading to learn what makes your broken denture a dental emergency and what you should do next.


Should You Call the Emergency Room When a Dental Emergency Strikes?

April 19, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 12:58 pm
Woman in grey shirt with a toothache

You probably already have a plan in place for dealing with a medical emergency: get to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible. But what if you have an urgent dental issue? Is going to the emergency room still the best course of action? Your emergency dentist is here to explain what you should do when your smile needs treatment as soon as possible.


How Do Dentists Color-Match Dental Crowns?

March 7, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 8:02 pm
Dentist color matching a woman’s tooth

Do you have a damaged tooth that is in need of additional support? It will likely be recommended that you have a dental crown placed. A crown is placed over the chewing surface of your damaged tooth to improve its appearance, protecting it from additional damage. Dental crowns today can be designed to perfectly match the color of the surrounding teeth for a natural appearance, but how is this possible? Continue reading to learn more about how this process works.


Understanding Dental Bridge Failure: Causes and Precautions

February 27, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 5:48 am
Dental bridge on a table

A dental bridge is a common dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. While bridges are designed to be durable and long-lasting, they can fail due to various factors. Understanding these factors is crucial for maintaining oral health and preventing potential complications. Here are three primary reasons why dental bridges may fail, along with some preventive measures to ensure their longevity.


The Urgency of Addressing a Lost Dental Crown: What to Do Next

February 6, 2024

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dental crown on someone’s finger

A dental crown can provide stability and protection to a compromised tooth, restoring its functionality and aesthetic appeal. However, losing a dental crown can be unsettling and potentially painful. In such situations, swift action is crucial to prevent further damage and ensure optimal oral health. Here’s what you should do if you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of losing a dental crown.


If I Get Porcelain Veneers, Can I Still Get Cavities?

December 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 4:30 pm
A man smiling with his new porcelain veneers

Many patients believe that porcelain veneers will make their teeth impervious to cavities. While veneers do provide some level of protection to your pearly whites, they don’t make your smile cavity-proof. The best way to keep your teeth in top condition is still thorough oral hygiene. But does that mean veneers aren’t worth the investment? Far from it!

Continue reading to learn how veneers can still help protect your smile from cavities and see some of the other benefits they provide.


4 Frank Facts About Veneers

November 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 8:39 pm
Woman with brown hair in dental chair smiling in a mirror while the dentist holds up a veneer shade guide

Veneers are an excellent solution to enhance your smile by covering minor flaws. These thin, ceramic shells are affixed to the front of your teeth to shield them from further damage as well as elevate your appearance. Everyone’s situation is unique, however, so it’s important to determine whether they’re a good fit for you. On top of that, they can be quite an investment in time and resources so it’s important to be well informed before moving forward with treatment. Keep reading to learn 4 facts about veneers that might influence your decision!


Why My Dentures Smell Bad & What to Do About It

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 5:06 pm
older person with dentures smiling

Dentures can have a positive impact on your life by boosting your confidence in eating and socializing due to their efficacy in replacing lost teeth. However, they might develop unpleasant odors if not cared for properly. Regular cleaning and proper maintenance are key to enjoying the benefits of your dentures and avoiding any unwelcome odors. Even so, keep reading as we go into detail about why your restorations may smell and other simple steps to prevent it.


How Can I Make My Dentures Last Longer?

September 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 10:45 pm

Dentures can be an amazingly lifelike solution to extensive tooth loss. They can vastly improve a patient’s quality of life by restoring their smile and chewing ability, but they require proper care and maintenance to keep working well and looking their best in the long run. Here’s what you should know about taking care of dentures so they can serve you beautifully for up to ten years.


Are Dental Implants Stronger Than Natural Teeth?

August 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — harrisonburgsmiles @ 7:42 am
3D model of a dental implant

Dental implants are some of the most popular tooth replacement options, and given how powerful they are, it’s likely that they’re only going to become more prevalent with time. If you’ve looked into replacing teeth for any time at all, you’ve probably seen plenty of people raving about how incredible they are.

You may have even heard some people argue that dental implants are stronger than your natural teeth. It may sound hard to believe, but there are some pretty good arguments to be made that that’s the case. Here’s why someone might think that.

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